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My Fitness Coach

Eileen and Molly

Eileen and Her Fitness Coach

Let’s face it, making changes to your lifestyle habits can be really hard.  It’s always helpful to have someone right by your side helping you to make the right choices, motivating you and keeping your spirits up.  I am very fortunate to have a fitness coach right in my own house – her name is Molly.

Regardless of the weather, Molly wakes up every morning at 6:16.  There is never a deviation.  She springs into action and makes sure I am awake and ready to go out for a morning walk.  I used to avoid mornings like the plague, but her enthusiasm has quickly grown on me.  I often tell her as we are taking our tour around the park that I am glad we are out as I would have missed all the lovely sunrises. Read More »

Eating for Eye Health – Protection From The Inside Out!

Healthy Salad

Healthy Eating Helps More Than Your Waistline

There is a lot of noise out there about what works for keeping your eyes healthy – that is aside from wearing your sunglasses to protect from the sun.  The latest talk is about how to protect your eyes from the inside by looking at what you eat and is someone who is keen on good food and how it works with your body I wanted to investigate.

What causes damage to the eyes in the first place?  In large part it’s age, but add to that those nasty free radicals out there such as the sun, cigarette smoke, air pollution, combined with high blood pressure and obesity/metabolism which can create damage to the eye over time.  These outside factors attack the health of the retina and in the case of high blood pressure and obesity the overall health of your body upon which your eye depends.

So, how do you protect yourself from the inside out?  Let’s take a look at the some key vitamins and antioxidants that help: Read More »

Smart Food Swaps for Healthy Cooking

I love food.  I love everything about it – the shopping, the preparing and most of all the eating.  This led me to pursue a onetime career as a pastry chef.  I loved everything about culinary school and my sweet tooth got even larger – swaps just weren’t on the agenda.  Fortunately when you work in a busy restaurant you burn off a lot of what you taste, but now that I am back to my old ways in front of a computer all day, the calories aren’t coming off as quickly.  Time to diet!

fruit twist

A healthier diet choice!

As you would expect this knowledge that I would have to change my food habits presented some challenges to my sugar coated mind. I kept thinking – I’m probably not the lone foodie working towards a healthier waistline so what do we do when we know we have to build better habits?

Now, those of you who have met me in the CalorieKing forums know there is nothing I like better (next to food) than a good project.  I decided I would sit down and create a food lover’s – and a calorie counter’s – guide to some smart swaps and healthier eating. Read More »

Men, What’s Going On?

Do you want to hear an alarming statistic?  Women are 100% more likely than men to seek annual exams and preventative health care.  That is an astounding figure in and of itself – now consider according to the CDC men die first from the top 10 causes of death and die approximately six years earlier.

Men, what’s going on?  Why are you so afraid of going to the doctor?  One can imagine a variety of reasons – men may fear the stigma of admitting to feeling an illness.  They might fear the unknown, knowing they have families and friends counting on them.  They may be busy.  They may be stubborn and macho. Read More »

The CalorieKing Answers Your Most Asked Questions!

Allan and Leenie

Allan and Leenie Before Their Afternoon Walk!

Most CalorieKing fans hear from me regularly, but I know nothing can take the place of the advice from the CalorieKing himself!  We asked for your questions a while back and we were thrilled at your response.  You had great questions and the Calorie King has answered!

For those of you new to CalorieKing, Allan Borushek – our founder- is a dietitian with over 30 years’ experience in clinical dietetics and community health education. It is his passion for nutrition and education that brought CalorieKing to life and educated millions of people on smart food and lifestyle choices.  He was delighted to hear from you –our members- and was happy to answer some of your questions.

Allan writes, “Thank you all for submitting your questions and letting us know what questions you’d like to see answered. Here are my answers to some of your questions.” Read More »

15 CalorieKing Tips for Healthy Eating on a Budget

Healthy Eating on a Budget

CalorieKing Tips for Healthy Eating on a Budget

Between rising gas prices, interest rates and paying all the monthly debts it can be hard to make ends meet when you are thinking about planning your healthy diet.  Life is meant for living and the added stress of worrying about putting a healthy meal on the table shouldn’t be an added pressure. I’ve taken up the challenge of putting together the top 15 CalorieKing Tips for keeping your grocery bill low – some of which have come from our CalorieKing community. Read More »

Don’t Give Up on You!

Based on the last Q&A we did with “J” and his incredible success, many of you asked for more.  Not only did you ask for more but you nominated one of our frequent posters in the CalorieKing forum -  someone who is always full of wisdom and advice for everyone on their journey.  Listen to what our very own “Paperbacknovel” has to say about her experiences and you’re sure to come away as motivated as I was!

What were your weight control goals?

When I first began CalorieKing in January 2009, I weighed 268 pounds.  My initial weight-loss goal was to eventually weigh-in at 130, which I did reach, until I had an injury in 2010. I currently weigh 143. Read More »

Bigger Doors Required!

Obesity in America

I recently started reading NPR’s Obesity Series.  Among other utterly amazing and terrifying statistics on diet and obesity was one which visually blew my mind – such as the average revolving door has over time been revised from 10 to 12 feet!  While I’m a visual person and envisioning that drove a point home for me, perhaps the numbers might mean more to others.  Here are some shocking ones:

  • In 2010 there were over 72 million obese Americans
  • In 2010 the amount of money lost annually attributed to obesity was $4,879 for women and $2,644 Read More »

Brain Attacks: What is a Stroke?

Brain Attack

Get Educated on Strokes

Controlling Your Risk

Since strokes are the third leading cause of death and a leading cause of disability in America it’s time we got educated.    A stroke is a blockage or rupture of the blood vessels that feed the brain.  Given that it affects blood vessels it is easy to see the connection with high blood pressure and why it is important to control external risks to the disease such as:

  • Keeping a healthy blood pressure – know your numbers!
  • Maintain a healthy body weight – obesity and a high BMI (body mass index) can heighten your risk.
  • Eat a well-balanced diet – with lots of fruits and veggies.
  • Beware of high sodium intake – and the hidden places it can lurk – from frozen foods to white bread, to antacids.
  • Keep exercising – a good goal is 150 minutes of aerobic exercise each week making sure each muscle group gets attention Read More »

Know Your Numbers

High Blood Pressure

How's Your Heart?

May is High Blood Pressure Awareness Month.  It’s a time when we remind ourselves about the risks to our health from this silent killer.  CalorieKing is not just about dieting, but educating consumers about nutrition and the long-term effects it – and exercise – can have on your health.

Did you know that cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death in the U.S.?  Have you heard that strokes are the third leading cause of death and a leading cause of disability in America?  A key contributor to both is high blood pressure – also known medically as hypertension.  It’s estimated that about 74.5 million people in the U.S. suffer from hypertension and many don’t even know it.  In addition to stroke and heart disease, this one condition is a major risk factor for other health problems such as congestive heart failure, kidney disease, blindness and even sexual impotence. As blood pressure goes up, life expectancy comes down. Read More »